Bertie's role in the kitchen press

Tue, Oct 5, 2010, 01:00

Madam, – I am dismayed at Bertie Ahern’s recent bit-part in an advertising campaign for a well-known Irish tabloid newspaper. Are there no depths to the levels this man will go to in order to earn an extra few bob? As an ex-Taoiseach he is demeaning the office. He is also a current member of our Dáil. His actions also allow more opportunity for foreign media to ridicule our country. If he wants to continue to engage publicly in enterprises to top up his generous public service pension and his Dáil salary and all its associated expense allowances, could he at least do so in a dignified manner? He has a duty to do so.

We are told he has aspirations of being the next President. This is an office which requires gravitas and statesmanship. Mr Ahern just does not have these qualities – and this advertising campaign is proof of that! – Yours, etc,

ROSEMARY EAGER,

Great Connell,

Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Madam, – Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern left the national cupboard bare. There’s a bitter irony in his latest escapade! – Yours, etc,

OLIVER McGRANE,

Marley Avenue,

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.